Chinese architect Xu Fu-Min has designed a house on the outskirts of Xiamen, in Fujian Province, that doesn't try to hide its rural locale. While many cottages and rural homes look like pristine mansions, Xu Fu-Min's design literally lets the outdoors in by incorporating stone from the surrounding mountains.
Most homes are built upon a concrete foundation, but the ground under Xu's home was made primarily of the old rock from the Xiamen Wuyi mountain range. Rather than just blasting through this rock, Xu built the house around it. As a result, several areas of the home have giant boulders that protrude directly into it, giving the residents an immediate connection to nature -- even when they're inside.